Nursing Spotlight: Evelyn K. a pediatric hematology/oncology travel nurse, currently based in Portland, OR
I met Evelyn while working in Dallas, TX at Children’s Health. Throughout hospital orientation she made me laugh so hard, to the point of almost having coffee shoot out of my nose; needless to say I knew we would be friends. Her witty sense of humor and caring heart make her so perfect for the field of pediatric hematology/oncology. I had no doubt that her first travel assignment would be beyond successful. After finishing in Dallas, despite the unit not wanting to let her go, she decided to venture to the beautiful PNW and take a position at Doernbecher Hospital (part of OHSU) in Portland, OR.
1. Why did you decide to become a nurse? And how did you end up in pediatric oncology?
Honestly, I decided to become a nurse because I thought it would be a practical career path. Throughout school I felt really nervous that maybe I was following the wrong path and wasn’t meant to be a nurse. Between my junior and senior year I got a student nurse internship and had the opportunity to work on a peds hem/onc floor and completely fell in love with it.
2. What made you take the plunge into travel nursing?
I was starting to experience burn out and needed to do something exciting and different.
3. What's the best and worst part about being a traveler?
The best part of traveling is making new friends and learning new skills/new ways to do things that you thought you had already mastered - keeps things interesting. Worst part of traveling is by far leaving. I’ve fallen in love with both places I’ve traveled to!
4. As a travel nurse you've worked in both Dallas + Portland- what were your favorite places/things to do, in each city?
Dallas: Experiencing distinctly Texas things like the state fair and going to the shooting range. Miss ya, Big Tex.
Portland: Taking day trips to the coast, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, all the amazing restaurants.
5. What's the most memorable experience of your entire nursing career thus far?
At my first job we threw big parties for our bone marrow transplant kids on discharge. One patient’s in particular still makes me cry when I think about how proud/happy I felt for him!
6. What are your work bag essentials?
Kiehl’s hand lotion and Burt’s Bees Chapstick. Rub some of the chapstick inside your mask for certain smelly situations...
7. What do you do after a long work stretch to kick back and relax?
Take my dog on a nice long hike with friends, hopefully ending with a beer at a bar somewhere!
8. You've just accepted a permanent position @ Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - a very prestigious children's hospital <congrats!> - what are you most excited about?
I’m most excited to settle down for a little bit and be closer to most of my friends. I can’t wait to move all my stuff into an apartment and not have to move it out in 3 months!
**Thanks Evelyn! I know the PNW is going to miss you but you will be amazing at CHOP- they are so lucky to have you!!